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plasticniki

Member since Aug 2016 • Last active Oct 2019
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    I'm all about the Pro4 Endurance now.

    this is now my audax tyre of choice

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    i still swear by lifeline's prime armour road. no visitations in about 7000km, and only used for commuting. they were looking really rough before i changed them for another pair.

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    I'll take the hats and the jerseys.

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    dhb

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    I have this as a backup light. Pretty bright, very big. Doesn't last very long (can't remember exact runtimes but it's 2-3 hours on maximum, which is fine, but then the lower outputs didn't seem to be much better).

    I use a Wahoo so the Garmin mount is useless given you can't turn the puck inside around.

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    I know! Please don't.

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    my mate's given me his carradice to borrow to see if i have enough clearance to buy one (i ride a very small frame)

    (i should add that the only reason i want one is to sew my audax patches onto. i have a bridge street saddle bag but i can't sew stuff onto it)

    anyway, clearance is tight, as expected.

    i'll obviously go and test it on a ride but does anyone else have a carradice which is that close to their rear 'guard / tyre? and yes, that guard needs adjusting, i know.

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    Can I talk about trying to lower the gearing on my bike in here? (If there's a better thread for this, please point me in the right direction).

    On a Triban RC520 running stock bits: a standard Shimano (non series) 50/34 chainset and a 11-32 cassette. 11 speed, 105 R8000 medium cage rear derailleur. I get up most things but I'm not a climber and anything steep is A Struggle.

    I'll need to replace the cassette soon anyway as it's quite worn. According to several places online, my rear mech will work past Shimano's recommended 34 tooth sprocket. That'd give me that precious 1:1 gear if I bought an 11-34 cassette, but I want a dinnerplate I think. 11-36? Bigger?

    Chainsets: I could swap the chainset out for 48/32 or even 46/30. Would be spendier, but could also get 165mm crank arms (I'm a short arse) and I very rarely use my highest gears, so not sure 50/34 makes sense for me anyway.

    I'm not necessarily looking for the cheapest option, but perhaps something which would allow me to enjoy climbing more. I may not have the necessary tools or mechanical expertise to swap out a chainset either, but I'll give it a go I guess.

    Any thoughts?

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    In fact, I like the RC520 so much that I never want to ride my other bike. I'd like to get hold of some 650b wheels (pretty sure the frame is identical geometry to the "gravel" version which comes with 650b as standard) and go all out on fatter tyres next.

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    So many!

    Full audax mode:

    Less luggage:

    (yes, mudflap needed, I know)

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